A Busy Year Ahead
The New Jersey Healthy Communities Grant and in particular our funder, the Salem County Health and Wellness Foundation, have been instrumental in moving forward ideas and actions for improving the health and wellness of the Borough of Elmer and the greater Elmer area. The Borough revised the sidewalk ordinance in 2018 and is now regularly enforcing the code. Another round of action on sidewalk code violators is planned for 2020 so that all sidewalks can be brought up to code for the safety of citizens and visitors and to improve the walkability in the town. The Borough is also awaiting a Department of Community Affairs Small Cities grant decision to improve sidewalks and accessibility at the Borough Hall for 2020, including a new ramp to meet ADA guidelines. In addition, plans are being finalized for the development of the Green Acres Park to be built in 2020, the main object of funds that were provided from the NJHC grant. The park will provide a 0.5 mile path for walking and running, a pavilion, playground, butterfly garden, and open fields for sports and play. The Green Acres Park is isolated from vehicle traffic providing a safe environment especially for kids to play. The Borough will have the best of both worlds with a new park and safe sidewalks to get to the park for residents. The Borough of Elmer has a busy year ahead that will ultimately provide greater access to health and wellness for the community!
About the Grantee
Elmer is a small town in rural Salem County. Incorporated in 1893, it has historically served as a hub of activity for the surrounding farm community. It has a hospital, churches, banks, restaurants, a library, grocery, drug store, dollar store, gift & flower shops, medical & dental services, accountants & lawyers, salons, gas stations, & a lumber yard all packed into one mile.